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Bush Hippie Brawl

It all started at a trimming session during harvest season in Laytonville. It was hot, the pot sticky, the vibe hostile bordering on angry. It was time for a break,…

Boss Kelly

The preliminary hearing for Kelly Boss of Philo ended in a holding order last week, which means the state showed up with enough evidence to make a reasonable person, Ukiah…

The Acetone Defense

The first time Peter Richardson went to the venerable Water Trough bar on South State Street in Ukiah was back in the late 1950s or early 1960s (he doesn’t remember…

We Are Not Alone (?)

We Are Not Alone (?)

Maitreya is coming to save us. Maitreya? In a word, God; the new god, the god running the UFOs and drawing crop circles and doing a lot of other stuff…

Joan The Book Lady Gets Her Last Break

Joan The Book Lady Gets Her Last Break

The August 12th sentencing of Joan Rainville, 54, was the most dramatic episode of the entire sensational series of Joan-related events, which began late last year when District Attorney David…

Ivan The Terrible — Or Ivan The Not So Terrible

“If there’s any reasonable doubt, you must find my client not guilty,” Ivan Sanchez’s Santa Rosa lawyer told the jury at the end of Sanchez’s trial last week. Mr. Gabriel…

Smile, Punk, Smile.

A Ukiah man, Tony Fernandez, has been bound over for trial on a charge of false imprisonment after a lengthy preliminary hearing last week. False imprisonment is one of those…

Back To Basics

Back To Basics

The Fifth Annual Not-So-Simple Living Fair at the Boonville Fairgrounds saw an avid throng of attendees. The event is hugely popular and crucial to a growing and widely diverse demographic…

The Ketchup Kaper

“It was all over a bottle of ketchup — this alleged shooting — along with some missing cheese and beer,” Public Defender Linda Thompson told the jury. “Now, my client,…

Dredges From A Reporter’s Notebook

Slow week at the County Courthouse last week. In recent years we’ve had some riveting murder trials in the summertime, but this year, so far, the most sensational murder, that…

Another One

Another wifebeater was in court this week. There seem to be armies of them out there. Used to be the woman’s male relatives took care of the beater. Anymore, it’s…

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